John Pope in his Nazi attire in the 1970s.
David Farrant repeats the same libel he has been hawking for decades to whoever is daft enough to provide him with a platform, including such dupes as Kevin Chesham, Kevin Demant, Don Ecker, Trystan Swale and Anthony Hogg. Farrant employs every piece of incitement against Seán Manchester that he can dream up. This includes the malicious allegation that he was once was a member and canvassed for the National Front. The aforementioned named were not slow to seize upon whatever libel comes their way without requiring a shred of evidence.
Seán Manchester’s position is quite clear. He has no interest in party politics and has at no time in his life been a member of any political party. False claims to the effect that he has been a National Front member, and indeed canvassed for them, stem solely from David Farrant; the same David Farrant who attempted to stand as a WWP candidate in the 1978 British General Election; the same David Farrant who recommended that potential voters should switch to the National Front when he stood down when he was disqualified for having a criminal record; the same David Farrant who has sought and received support from Nazi-minded individuals with far right associations to attack Seán Manchester.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Seán Manchester was the North London Regional Co-ordinator for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and an active member of Pax Christi. His peace campaigning was supported by such eminent figures as Lord Fenner Brockway, often resulting in media coverage. When Seán Manchester led the “Fast for Peace” one Christmas he was joined by the elderly Lord Brockway and other peace campaigners. On that occasion thugs believed to be neo-Nazis attacked him and others who were fasting. This was reported by local newspapers at the time. So the suggestion by Farrant that Seán Manchester is, or ever has been, a neo-Nazi is not only risible but ludicrous in the extreme.
David Farrant prepared to stand as a candidate in the 1978 British General Election. He launched what was described as the “Wicca Workers Party” to the cry of “Wiccans Awake!” Journalist and editor Peter Hounam wrote a front page story for the Hornsey Journal, 30 June 1978, that thundered:
He became more confident and published a letter in the Hornsey Journal, 21 July 1978, which stated:
“It is not my intention to use your letter columns to promulgate the views of the Wicca Workers Party or to become involved in futile argument with any of your readers, but having seen the opinions expressed in the letter columns of the Journal, I feel that I should set the record straight. In fact, the WWP is a serious political party and has growing support from people all over the country; including other political groups with whom we are now amalgamated.”
Farrant’s Wicca Workers Party poster (below)
with an identical slogan to one also used by the
League of Imperial Fascists on its flyers and leaflets.
A section of the League of Imperial Fascists’ poster
(below) with identical slogan and same Nazi eagles.